Willy Wonka Teddy Bear by Steiff

Oh wow! I just learned that Steiff, the famous makers of teddy bears, created a limited edition teddy bear based on Willy Wonka. They’re pretty expensive though… (I found one on Amazon.com.)


Steiff WILLIE WONKA is the most amazing, the most fantastic, the most extraordinary chocolate maker the world has ever seen!

He is made from the finest beige mohair, fully jointed, felt paw pads and with shiny eyes and hand embroidered brown nose and mouth. One of the pads is embroidered with the famous name of the author ROALD DAHL.

He is beautifully dressed in a dark pink jacket, yellow and white waistcoat and matching dark pink and white bow tie. Finally he is wearing his favourite grey hat with contrasting band.

So smart and loved by all our collectors!

Inspired by Quentin Blake’s original illustrations, Steiff bring their style to the beloved ROALD DAHL classic CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY with this delicious eccentric candy-maker Steiff Willy Wonka.
Limited edition of just 1,916 pieces.

Charming Baker illustrates four new editions of Roald Dahl’s sinister short stories

Penguin has just announced the publication of a beautiful if rather sinister set of four books bringing together Roald Dahl’s short stories. Each of the paperbacks bears a fittingly disquieting cover illustration created by artist Charming Baker.

Read more at Creative Boom and check out the books here: WarTrickeryFear, and Innocence.

Roald Dahl… makeup??

This is interesting! The website SHEmazing reports that Storybook Cosmetics are bringing out an official Roald Dahl inspired eyeshadow palette. I’ve reached out to the company for more details. I wonder what colours will be included beyond that amazing gold?

Looking for a job in England?

The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Great Missenden is looking for a new part-time Archive Assistant:

Do you want to gain wide-ranging experience of working in an archive while helping people discover more about Roald Dahl and his stories? Do you want to be part of a dynamic and evolving Museum Team? If the answer is ‘yes’, you could be our new Archive Assistant.

What an amazing opportunity for a Dahl fan!

Remember the child stars from Matilda? They all look very different now

Remember the child stars from Matilda? They all look very different now – This is a fun article with “then vs now” photos of the child cast of Matilda. I think Bruce Bogtrotter is definitely the most surprising. Maybe the Trunchbull’s chocolate cake put him off sweets for life? 😂

Signed Roald Dahl book pride of place at new Grove Park Primary library in Sittingbourne

Awww, very cool story. A student noticed that one of the Dahl books in his school library was signed by the man himself. Now the school has it framed and displayed in pride of place in their recently refurbished library!

BIG NEWS – Roald Dahl biopic is in the works!

Variety has published an exclusive report that Hugh Bonneville (from Downton Abbey) is set to star as Roald Dahl in an untitled biopic about the author and his wife, Patricia Neal, from Goldcrest Films.

A bittersweet, comedic story focusing on Dahl’s marriage to actress Patricia Neal, the story moves between New York, England and Los Angeles in the early 1960s, a time when Dahl struggled to write some of his most famous works and Neal returned to acting with “Hud,” for which she won the best actress Oscar.

The early 60’s should mean that we see Dahl writing James and the Giant Peach and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which should be fun.

What do you think about Bonneville’s casting? I’m a little disappointed. I’m sure he’s a good enough actor, but he really doesn’t look very much like Dahl. There’s no word yet on who will play Patricia Neal or the other famous people sure to crop up in the story. (I can’t help but imagine Sophie Dahl playing her own grandmother!)

Why 1990’s ‘The Witches’ is the Scariest Children’s Horror Film Ever Made

Why 1990’s ‘The Witches’ is the Scariest Children’s Horror Film Ever Made – Bloody Disgusting!

Great blog post about The Witches and what made it so scary to its young audience. The film has the distinction of being the last film that Jim Henson worked on before his death. Personally, I’d rank it up there with The Dark Crystal as one of the scariest films aimed at children. What do you think?